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Community News

  • Get ready to pay even more at the pump

    Prices at the pump should get more expensive this week thanks to an increase in oil prices and high demand for gasoline.

    Crude oil prices rose for the third consecutive week, making the cost to produce gasoline more expensive.

    Gas prices nationwide have increased for 20 of the last 23 days, rising 16 cents to Sunday’s average of $2.20.

    “Gas prices could climb another 8-10 cents this week in response to the recent hike in oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in France!

    The Roane County News traveled through France — from the east to the west coast — before ending up in Paris with Steve and Mona Bolden.

    “After visiting Nice and Monaco, the newspaper stopped at the beautiful Chateau de Chenonceau,” Mona said. “Then it was on to Omaha Beach to visit the site of D-Day and the American Cemetery in Normandy. A nighttime river cruise gave them a view of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night.

  • Victorian Square’s spring fling scheduled for Saturday

    Victorian Square Assisted Living is hosting a spring fling from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7.

    A yard sale, entertainment and refreshments available for purchase are among the attractions.

    All proceeds will go toward the Resident Life Enrichment Fund, which is available to help resiwith items such as clothing, coats, haircuts or other personal care items.

    Victorian Square is at 241 S. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood.

    In the event of inclement weather, all activities will be indoors.

  • Driver safety course May 10-11

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 10-11 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes, reduce incident of violations and accidents, and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • ‘Christmas in July’ fundraiser to help those in area nursing homes

    The Lady Associates of the Tennessee Valley Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club recently had a “Christmas in July” motorcycle ride to fund area nursing home visits and Christmas baskets.

    Club President Randy Childs said the event raised more than $1,000 to help residents who don’t typically receive visitors.

    Club members will meet with the residents in months prior to the holiday to introduce themselves and get to know them before taking them Christmas baskets.

  • United Way basketball game set

    Roane County United Way’s second annual fundraising basketball game will begin at 7 p.m. April 15 at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    County, city and business leaders in Roane County will play in this game.

    Admission is $5.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    Distributions will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their commodity foods on March 17.

    The following day, March 18, is reserved for Oliver Springs and Rockwood resident to pick up their foods.

    Commodity food recipients must be certified before March 4 to receive foods during this distribution.

  • On vacation ... with the Roane County News

     

    The Roane County News took a winter break with Barrie Paulson on a Caribbean cruise. The duo stopped at St. Maarten and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, on what Paulson said was a family gift. Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue. Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo. You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com. Happy travels!
     

  • Pancake breakfast to help OS Historical Society

    Oliver Springs Historical Society will have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 6 in Aubrey’s Restaurant in Oak Ridge.

    Tickets to the breakfast are $5 and can be purchased from a member or at the door.

    This is one of the Society’s annual fundraising events to help with the continuing restoration of the Abston/Daugherty building. The building will house the Society’s archives and have a theater and meeting/events rooms.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Graves celebrate 62 years